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Washington State, Gonzaga Stars Taken in MLB Draft

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Royce Bolinger played center and right field for the Zags this season and could wind up playing for the Spokane Indians this summer (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics) Royce Bolinger played center and right field for the Zags this season and could wind up playing for the Spokane Indians this summer (Photo: Gonzaga Athletics)

If the stars align just right, Gonzaga senior outfielder Royce Bolinger might continue playing baseball in Spokane after graduation as part of the Texas Rangers organization.

Bolinger, originally from Arizona, was the 216th pick in the MLB First-Year Player draft on Tuesday. He is the highest-drafted Bulldog since pitcher Clayton Mortenson was picked 36th overall in the 2007 draft.

Bolinger played both center and right field for the Zags and was an All-West Coast Conference selection this past season.

He paced the Zags in nearly every statistical category this season, starting all 56 games while leading the WCC in batting average (.392) and hits (93). He finished second in home runs (11), slugging percentage (.620) and runs scored (46); third in RBI (51), and fifth in on-base percentage (.441). In conference play, he hit .369 with five doubles, a triple and six home runs.

Because the Spokane Indians are part of the Rangers organization (Class A Short Season), there is a possibility the team could place him in Spokane. The Indians kick off the season June 15 with a game televised live on SWX.

 

Washington State Duo Drafted

Washington State's Taylor Ard and Derek Jones were drafted this week. Jones, a left fielder was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round. He was the 258th overall pick. Ard, a first baseman, was selected in the 7th round by the Seattle Mariners.

 

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